Sunset Beach Restoration at Lake Sammamish State Park
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust (http://mtsgreenway.org), Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Sammamish, Lake Sammamish State Park, WA
Spillover crowding from a day-use beach area and heavy powerboat traffic contributed to shoreline habitat loss and serious erosion at a popular suburban State Park. The Watershed Company designed and oversaw construction of a 665-foot-long restoration of Sunset Beach to enhance salmon habitat and fish passage while preserving opportunities for recreation. Thirty-four pieces of large woody debris and native plantings along the shoreline limit pedestrian access and enhance nearshore habitat. By using a permitting process that speeds acceptance of restoration projects, The Watershed Company was able to fast-track work, completing design and construction in four months. This shoreline restoration, sponsored by the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, followed an award-winning conceptual stream, wetland and shoreline restoration plan that The Watershed Company completed for the entire park in 2006.